I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University, specializing in American Politics.

My specific research interests include American political development; executive oversight; partisan polarization and gridlock in federal and state legislatures; public perceptions of the influence of special interests in Congress; federalism; and the role of gender in legislative behavior. I’m also interested in the influence of congressional and federal agency staff on member/executive preferences. Throughout the 2019 calendar year, I will be in Washington, D.C. working for the majority staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Project on Government Oversight’s (POGO) 2019 Congressional Oversight Fellow.

I am a native of Brooklyn, NY and received a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University in Boston, MA. After graduating from college, I worked for a few years as a congressional reporter in Washington, DC and as a Capitol Hill staffer before spending three years working in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. I love reading and writing fiction, animals of all kinds, and musical theater.

Please feel free to contact me at any time at ccl228@cornell.edu.

View my most recent CV (updated January 2019) here.

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